I sincerely hope this is just an oversight on MS's part (an inexcusable one though). To not resolve this problem which is affecting thousands of MC users nearly two weeks after it was originally reported is just.
My take on the situation
MS Boss: We need to do more to kill off Media Center. What can we do next?
MS techie: Well, we've removed Internet TV, and are running down the plugins we originally supported. We made it an almost un-obtainable option in Windows 8 and crippled it at the same time. Only thing really left is the EPG.
MS Boss: We still provide this do we, and it's costing us money?
MS techie: yep
MS Boss: Ok, let's do it. Turn off the servers and don't renew contracts with the EPG providers. The I can watch it die..
MS techie: Won't that cause uproar in the MC community? Our name will be mud, and we'll be slagged off AGAIN!
MS Boss: Do I look like I care? We just won't say anything, leave it a few months - as usual - and everyone will just move on. We already know Windows 9 won't have MC at all, so I really don't give a monkey's
MS techie: But we're in the holiday season, and people rely on this?
MS Boss: JUST DO IT.
MS techie: (picks up phone). Hello? Is Jim there, you know the guy who manages the EPG servers? (Jim speaks). What? Turn off the EPG servers, seriously? (techie), yes, just do it, and make sure you do the UK first, I never liked them Brits anyway. Oh, and when it's done, go collect your pink slip.